I’m excited about our issue this month as the theme is creating passion. CoSozo itself started nearly seven years ago from just that - a passion to help people. In my case, the passion was ignited in response to a personal crisis. At the time, I didn’t exactly know where it was heading, I just had to do something to address the situation and my feeling of “I have to do something!”
Now, years later, we’re publishing, we’re producing radio shows, we’ve got a great web presence, and most importantly... we have helped people! But along the way there have been times when it’s been scary, when there have been unknowns, when the path forward hasn’t always seemed clear.
Passion, like fire, doesn’t burn at a steady pace. It waxes and wanes over time as events unfold that either fan the flames to burn more deeply or that dampen or ebb your desire temporarily. Like love, over time passion remains a foundation but changes and takes on new qualities - sometimes becoming more rooted and steady and others becoming almost wispy or fleeting.
As we’ve gone through the years at CoSozo there have been periods when I’ve found myself in a time of deep questioning, of wondering whether we are doing the best we can to serve in the highest ways we should all of those individuals who have included what we do to support them in their wellness journeys. Without fail, during the new times of deep questioning I’ve had, the universe has sent me a message, a little whisper reminding me of the importance of the work we do.
I think of those occurrences as miracles. One of the calls I received was from one our feature columnists, letting me know the miracles that opened in his life as a result of being our feature columnist and the chain reactions that occurred inspiring others to do wonderful work of their own. Often the calls are from readers or listeners of our radio shows. One woman was just newly diagnosed with cancer and found reassurance and comfort from an article we’d published. Ultimately we were able to connect her with a resource to support her along her new and challenging wellness journey.
My husband and I recently did a show discussing the miracles we encountered during our efforts to volunteer during the massive flooding in Bangkok. We’d been filled with a passion to give back to this beautiful country that had been so welcoming and gracious during our stay. I’ll never forget the miracles I experienced that day, and I would not have had the opportunity to have those experiences had we not been so determined to volunteer.
Volunteering is actually part of the focus of this month’s feature article, beautifully written by Heather LaFave from Habitat for Humanity Lansing. Miracles are born as a result of passion - I get to experience that every single day at CoSozo. When you add in the element of using that passion in the form of volunteering your time, efforts, and skills, something magical truly happens. Just like the magic the universe delivers to remind me of the impact of our work, the magic that happens when you combine passion with volunteering can literally change someone’s life. Enjoy the issue and may your July be filled with passion!